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Chinese opera reminds son that learning shouldn’t end

  • COURTESY STEVEN MARK

    Steven Mark and his mother, Lindy Li Mark, on a trip to Xian, China, in 2002. Behind them is a photo of members of the Academia of Sinica, a Chinese research organization that Steven’s grandfather, a linguistics professor, belonged to. The photo was part of a museum exhibit.

When my grandparents would come to visit us when I was young, they and my mother, Lindy Li Mark, would often get together to sing Chinese opera. We all came to refer to that screechy, piercing sound as “cats in heat.” Read more

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